Maybe I worked it too much, or it's just living in the humid Gulf Coast area, but these were nothing like you described. LOL, they were soft, with a slightly crisp crust, medium dense, and highly fragrant. NOT crunchy, NOT light. HOWEVER, they were still delicious!! One of my Roommates said that they were just the way breadsticks should be. :) They were all debating other things this recipe would be good for, and decided that it was perfect for pizza dough (one you roll out, not toss, though). I might have to try that. I used the fennel seeds, which is what made these so fragrant. The entire kitchen smelled like Italian sausage. :) But the fennel flavor was not overpowering (a good thing, as one RM hates fennel). I am not sure what went wrong when I made these, but the flavor is still worth 4 stars! Thank you for posting, made for ZWT4.